Cricket Announces First Android Phone, the Sanyo Zio

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I tried Cricket for a while, sure it was nice for unlimited calling for one price, but the service wasn’t great and they don’t tell you when your contract is up so you can leave. Then again I don’t think any companies tell you when your contract is up do they? Anyway I like the looks of the Sanyo Zio, it’s a  nice looking phone really. It’s available for $249.99 without contract and features a 3.5” WVGA touch screen, A-GPS, 3.2MP camera and accelerometer. Too bad it’s only running Android 1.6, but then again it only has a 600mhz cpu in it. Why are companies releasing new phones running old operating systems?!

ZIO uses CDMA2000 1xEV-DO rev. A and Wi-Fi network technologies and features an impressive, high-resolution 3.5-inch WVGA motion-enhanced, touchscreen display as a backdrop for a fully customizable mobile multimedia experience. Along with the touchscreen, an intuitive, effortless trackball helps users navigate features such as the 3.2 MP camera with video record/playback, media player, full HTML web browser, Google Maps™ and countless widgets and applications such as Facebook, Twitter, Open Table and more available in Android Market. ZIO offers substantial user-available internal memory (512MB) and supports an additional 32GB through its microSD memory slot. ZIO also comes equipped with an ambient light sensor and accelerometer for easy viewing virtually any way, anywhere.

Cricket is launching a special, all-inclusive $55 Android service plan to accompany the device, which offers customers unlimited talk, text, picture mail, web browsing, email, international text and more – all without telecom taxes and fees – at nearly half the price of Smartphone service plans at other major carriers. The $55 Android service plan is one of a number of new, all-inclusive voice service plans that the company has recently begun to offer to consumers.

Cricket is the first carrier to offer the new, feature-packed ZIO. ZIO is the second of three Smartphones expected to be launched by Cricket in 2010. Cricket launched the Blackberry Curve 8530 earlier this month. For more information about the new, all-inclusive Cricket service plans or to check out the dynamic handset lineup, please visit



  2 comments for “Cricket Announces First Android Phone, the Sanyo Zio

  1. Michael
    September 6, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Cricket doesn’t do contracts, and hasn’t done contracts for all the years I’ve been with them (Going on 9 years now). You “leave” whenever you want to… that’s their whole schtick (no contracts, flat rate)… I’d say you’re pretty dumb for not knowing that.

  2. September 6, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Michael, don’t call me dumb please. That’s just rude. And yes at one time Cricket did do contracts. When they first started out they did them, at least here in Pittsburgh they did. To get their everything plan, unlimited everything for $40 per month it was a two year contract with them. And yes this was about 10 or 11 years ago actually, so it’s possibly before your time with them..

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